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Assad flaunts Ghouta onslaught by driving into recaptured territory

<b>Beirut, Lebanon (CNN) —</b> Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has paraded the partial success of his months-long onslaught of a rebel-held suburb of Damascus by driving himself into the enclave in a Honda Civic.<p>After the bombardment of Eastern Ghouta broke many of the rebel defenses, Assad filmed his …

​U.S. Marine Corps puts out request for information for ship-based VTOL drone

The US Marine Corps issued a request for information for its proposed ship-based vertical takeoff and landing drone, the MUX aircraft, on 8 March.

News Group settles 17 cases related to allegations of criminality at the Sun

The publisher of the Sun and the defunct News of the World has settled 17 cases of phone hacking and illegally obtaining personal information, avoiding a high-profile court case.<p>News Group, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has settled with celebrities including Les Dennis, the footballer …

'You can't just walk away on a plane': passengers on drinking at airports

As the government announces a review of 24-hour airport alcohol sales, Manchester holidaymakers have their say on the issue<p>Jack Rice, 19, is at Manchester airport with a group of friends waiting to go on his first “lads’ holiday” to the Spanish party resort of Magaluf, on Mallorca. The group have …

Alcohol

No. 5! SpaceX lands another rocket during Space Station cargo launch

SpaceX pulled off its fifth rocket landing in the last seven months early Monday morning, this time bringing a booster back during a successful cargo launch toward the International Space Station (ISS).<p>SpaceX's two-stage Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 12:45 a.m. EDT Monday from Cape Canaveral Air …

As Russian planes bombard Syrian rebels, debate over anti-aircraft missiles returns

It has been a difficult month for the Syrian air force and its Russian allies. In April alone, rebel forces claimed to bring down three aircraft: two Syrian jets and one Russian helicopter. Each incident sparked a frenzy of speculation about whether the opposition had obtained anti-aircraft …

Islamic State executes 15 of its own near Raqqa, Syria: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has killed 15 of its members in the largest execution of the militant group’s security services so far in Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday.<p>A flag belonging to the Islamic State fighters is seen on a motorbike after forces loyal to …

Middle East

Comment: The North Korean threat to Israel

Indeed, North Korea is directly linked to just about every menace facing Israel, and it is time for the Jewish state to do something about this …

Phil Mickelson continues to entertain, but Tiger Woods forever stubborn

One is a young 45. The other, an old 39.<p>Phil Mickelson doesn't act his age. And for that, we are eternally grateful. He used a piece of cardboard to slide down a hill at Whistling Straits on Friday, joking: "I looked graceful at the finish."<p>Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is as stubborn as your great …

Golf